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One of the things I found striking in the Legend of Korra was how society went from what was essentially a pre-industrial society (with minor exceptions) with some use of bending, to a society which was roughly at par with the 1920s.

There's references to Mako working at a power generator full of fire benders firing lightning (which would indicate society was basically powered by human batteries ), but Tarrlok blew up a boat with a equalist hand taser thing, and the design of most vehicles, and their use by non benders suggested ICE/ECE engines.

What was used to power LOK era society?

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    Mako is not an energy bender (those are extremely rare), he's a fire bender who is able to generate lightning (which is relatively common). – svick Jan 27 '15 at 14:30
  • Relatively - there was one we see in TLA, and a roomful in LOK. Anyway, corrected that – Journeyman Geek Jan 27 '15 at 14:34
  • According to the wiki, vehicles were powered by gasoline, but I can't find a good reference confirming that. – svick Jan 27 '15 at 14:37
  • The sound of the engines of the various cars and trucks are the same sound as gasoline engines, indicating that they aren't battery (i.e. firebender) powered. I think in the absence of any signs to the contrary, we can assume they were powered the same as in our world, with the addition of firebender lightning-generation. – Nerrolken Jan 27 '15 at 18:03

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